Plan to Hire Filipinos Frustrated

The Wichita Eagle reports that hiring teachers from other countries has run into some snags.

Three of the Filipino teachers didn’t pass the required English proficiency exam, leaving 29 eligible to teach in Wichita. The visa process is taking a long time to complete. And several of the special-education teachers are having difficulty receiving a Kansas teaching license.

While we admire the desire of the Filipinos to improve their lives by moving to the U.S., and the perservance of USD 259 personnel in finding teachers, we have to ask if there aren’t better approaches.

Pay teachers in hard-to-fill jobs more. Revamp the certification process so that a mid-life professional does not have to spend thousands of dollars and months of his life taking classes in the education college.

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